Joseph Young, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the department of plant and soil sciences at Texas Tech University. He began this position in January 2013. Prior to starting at Texas Tech, Young completed his B.S and M.S. at Mississippi State University. Young studied turfgrass pathology for his master’s at Mississippi State, evaluating fungicide resistance from anthracnose on bentgrass putting greens to azoxystrobin and thiophanate-methyl. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas in May 2013, studying the physiological effects of low mowing heights, rolling and foot traffic on creeping bentgrass putting greens.
Young’s current research consists of carbon sequestration potential for bermudagrass fairways, plant growth regulator evaluations on creeping bentgrass putting greens, evaluating grass species for water needs in West Texas, and determining the effect of poor water quality on bermudagrass fairways.